Chidi Tony/ Delighted with the successful completion of the Forensic Audit of Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) and submission of the report to Mr president, Akwa Ibom Democratic Forum (ADF) has expressed immense gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio for a job well done.
The renowned socio-political group in a press statement endorsed by its Director general Rt. Hon. (Obongemem) Ekperikpe Ekpo recalled the resistance that greeted the institution of the Forensic Audit, the conspiracies, the widespread blackmail and the railings that were directed at the person of Senator Akpabio who was assigned the supervisory role of the exercise and salutes the courage of Mr President for not succumbing to the evil onslaughts of those who were against the audit by remaining resolute in his support for Akpabio and the exercise.
According to the Director general, “The action of Mr President on the matter of the Forensic Audit and NDDC is an expression of his love for the people of Niger Delta and his wish to bring real development to the long-neglected region.
“It is on record that NDDC has received over #6 trillion between 2001 to August 2019 yet there is little or nothing to show for these humongous receipts rather the Commission is mired in debts of over #3 trillion that is driving the interventionist agency into near insolvency”.
Ekpo posited that Forensic Audit came right on time to cleanse the Augean Stable and set the Commission on the path of probity for the optimization of development in the region.
He highlighted that ADF is aware of the widespread sleaze that was prevalent in the Agency stressing that only great leaders can take the bull by horn to bring about the kind of radical change the outcome of the Forensic Audit would foist.
The statement further read, “ADF thanks President Buhari on his promise to implement the full report of the audit and pledges its unalloyed support on all actions that he would take to serve as deterrent to future public office holders and contractors.
“In view of the above, ADF herein passes a vote of confidence in Mr President and the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs for the political will invested in the audit exercise and for the distinguishable work they have done to upscale development in the Niger Delta through the Forensic Audit. We wish to reiterate that history would remember them kindly”.
The Group lamented that those who pillaged the Agency for almost two decades are the reason for the prostrate state of the region noting that ADF is waiting with bated breath to witness unprecedented turnaround of things for good in the region.
ADF specifically hailed Senator Godswill Akpabio their grand leader explaining that despite being in the center of the storm of the evil conspirators who were against the audit demonstrated uncommon altruistic candor that saw to the completion of the noble exercise.
“The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs has shown faithfulness in little which is proof that he could be trusted in much. We thank him immensely for making us proud through this act of moral rectitude which is a sine qua non to government business” the group highlighted.
ADF in the press statement also thanked the Lead Auditor and other 9 auditors who have no doubt done their jobs diligently to produce the laudable documents that would guide in the rewriting of the history of the Niger Delta region.
“It is the fervent hope of ADF that soon the Niger Delta shall rise up to its full potentials and rapid development would be the lot of the region going forward” the statement concluded.